Friday, December 15, 2017
Since I am into my 'finish it' phase, I pulled the next tote from the grey crate tower next to the machine. The Temecula Geese will be the order for the day. With the new Snowball QAL in progress, this one needs to be finished. They were sewn into rows of four and those dark/light rows into making eights. So much easier to finally put them into the final rows with larger units.
The last Patchwork Sampler block has been released with the setting instructions. The blocks work up rather quickly so I am hoping to get the sashings and inner border cut cut so I can put that big hunk of Kona back on the shelf. Actually I know of a 2018 project that I'm going to use it in. I'll change the outer border to a piano key setting so I can use up the leftover block fabric. I know I bought an extra wide for the backing on this one - it's in that huge tote (labeled), so this one will be worked on thru the weekend.
The next clue for 'On Ringo Lake' has come out, too. Aqua and browns (I need to search for some darker browns) to play with. I will cut a few at a time to have at the machine to use as leader/enders while I work on the above two projects. There are a lot of units this time and working them as leader/enders make quick work of them while completing something else.
Bella is squirreled away somewhere, so I only have Moe for Feline Friday. You know it's cold when he prefers to keep his spot in bed rather than do his normal morning 'walk about'.
** linking up with Whoop,Whoop Friday and Feline Friday **
I'm happily getting some NaNa time later today and there has been a request to bring my sewing supplies to mend some stuffies. I'll take some craft projects, too. They can create along side of me - I love it!
Stay warm and enjoy the weekend,
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
I've added more frosty and dark blue scraps into the temperature quilt tote. Soon I will be adding a few purples because we are COLD and going to get COLDER!! We've had more snow and will get even more snow, but I'm not using anything special to notate at this point. I do have some swirly, flake, star, snowy looking blues there though.
41 - 37 - 34 - 31 - 31 - 35 - 36
With the furkids tending to prefer to find a nice comfy, warm napping spot while in this cold spell - I might just get this project finished without extra help. I am using the Temecula Quilt Co. Snowballs corner work as leader/enders while I do this.
I just have one last row of blocks to put together and add to that second half. Then I can 'marry' the two flimsies into a finish. It will have to go into the 'to be quilted' extra large tub to wait it's turn for quilting as there are others deserving a turn under the machine.
Once this is done, I have some serious re-organizing to do to straighten up my storage and work space with the Holiday getting closer. I need to focus on one project at a time at this point just to get them further onto the next step.
And my dear friend, Sarah, over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict has come up with a fabulous idea for next year in getting control of our scraps. Being a scrap quilter I don't want to use them up, but with so many donations that came in over the last couple of months I need to have a plan. I just LOVE this idea and will be joining in.
Take time to play today,
Monday, December 11, 2017
I know it is technically Tuesday at this hour on the East Coast, but I did have a busy Monday. I cut all my rectangles for Bonnie's next clue over the weekend and I spent Monday getting the corners sewn on half. Even though I am only making half the number of units for a smaller quilt, these take a little more time for accuracy.
** linking up with Mystery Monday Link Up **
Also, over the weekend I managed to get all my large squares cut for the Temecula Quilt Co. Snowball QAL. All the little corner squares I can pull from my barrel system. Why cut more when I have these waiting to be used. I got 10 dark squares with all four corners on. This is a long term project and so many a week will get done. This project went into that empty spinach container.
** linking to Monday Making **
This is an older picture (per the spinach tote), but I did manage to get the plaid project back into the correct layout again - thanking that I took a photo to go by. I labeled rows and picked it up before a furry friend could play 'shuffle the leaf pile' again. Hopefully I can get a row or two added each day so it is a flimsie by the end of the year.
I had hoped to get more done, but Monday's interruptions included a Hall of Fame deadline, rescheduling our local quilt guild Christmas party due to a bad storm tomorrow, and a Christmas Party here with one of Mom's sewing groups.
Tuesday is a snow-in-cation, so it is a catch up day. BUT, I am adding housework into the mix.
Friday, December 8, 2017
I was on a mission to get this scrappy project into two half flimsies so it could wait for the 'final' finish further down the month. BUT, with one half done I had a helper who thought it was great fun to scatter my nicely laid out rows for the second half. I need to 're-group' this, but for now it will be set aside as I have other plans for the weekend.
With the baby spinach container now empty - I need to use it for a new long term project. There is a new button on the sidebar - Temecula Quilt Co. - for a Snowball QAL. That should tame the CW totes a bit. Just so many Snowballs each weak until the end of February - doable.
The next clue is out for Bonnie Hunters's new mystery. This next unit should chain thru the machine rather quickly; as well as I am doing half the number for a smaller quilt.
I've had this Timeless Treasures non-traditional Holiday fabric in my tote for a very long time. Someone wanted to know if I had any bird table runners and something that was non-traditional - timing! I am using the (which ever pattern or tutorial you use) 10 minute (or 30 minute) table runner pattern. It's origin is the Iowa University - Cooperative Extension Division pattern, but so many have claimed it.
It's a sewing weekend,